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What language is spoken in Mauritius?

There are several languages spoken throughout Mauritius with the main ones being English, Creole, and French.

What currency is used throughout Mauritius?

The currency used throughout the country is the Mauritian rupee. Credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and tourist shops. ATMs are common throughout the country dispensing local currency. Credit cards are widely accepted and there are, and ATMs are available for cash withdrawals. Like most destinations, it is advisable to have some local currency for incidental purchases and gratuities. 

Do I need a visa and passport to travel to Mauritius?

A visa is not required when travelling as a tourist from Canada or the United States for up to 90 and 60 days, respectively. A valid passport is mandatory for travel.

When is the best time to travel to Mauritius?

The best time to travel to Mauritius is between the months of May and December, this is when the weather is dry, moderate and sunny. Like many Indian Ocean destinations, there is never a bad time to visit, but one should be aware of cyclone season, January to March. 

Is there transportation within Mauritius?

The best way of getting around Mauritius is via bus. An alternative to this is renting a car to explore the island. It can be best to stay at a resort or boutique hotel and plan excursions around this stay. 

Is Mauritius a family-friendly destination?

Mauritius is a great destination for a family vacation with several resorts throughout the country accommodating those of all ages. With much to do it is not only for couples, although this is a significant part of their tourism.    

How welcoming is Mauritius to LGBTQ travellers ?

Mauritius is not as accepting of LGBTQ rights as some other nations in Africa. Homosexual acts are illegal and conservative beliefs prevail. They ask that tourists and business visitors alike maintain an understanding of cultural sensitivity concerning this issue. Though discretion is to be practiced regardless of orientation at sites of antiquity as well as during day-to-day touring,  Mauritius welcomes all to its beautiful shores.   

What vaccinations are required or suggested for travel to Mauritius? 

The WHO (World Health Organization) recommends the following vaccinations for Mauritius: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza. Many of you may have these inoculations so we suggest you contact your family physician or travel clinic professional for clarity.  

What is wifi like and will my cell phone work in the Seychelles?

Many properties offer free WiFi and many restaurants and bars offer WiFi. Yes, your cell phone will work in Mauritius, check with your provider to be sure you are set to make and receive calls while traveling internationally and for potential roaming charges.

What voltage and power outlet is used in Mauritius? 

In Mauritius there are two associated plug types, C and G. Plug type C is the plug which has two round pins and type G is the plug which has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Mauritius operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.

What should I buy to bring home from Mauritius?

Mauritius Rum is always a good bet and you are allowed up to 2 litres, Dodo Souvenirs - long extinct the Dodo is featured on many small souvenir items, Tea is also very popular with a wide variety of blends, the Ravanne - a percussion instrument, a shopping made from dried leaves of vacoas (common screwpine) - from the Tante Bazaar.

What are some important items to pack for Mauritius?

If you take any medications remember to pack an extra amount in case you decide to extend your stay. A good book can be handy for a laid-back afternoon (some resorts have share libraries, so take one/leave one. It’s the tropics so be sure to pack sunglasses, bug repellent and sunscreen (30 SPF or higher and make sure it is “Reef Friendly”). A rash guard is helpful to protect from the sun when snorkeling or participating in other water sports. Bring water/reef shoes to protect your feet from the coral and rockfish and sturdy shoes if you plan on taking some hikes.   

What are the main annual events held in Mauritius?

Chinese New Year - late January or early February at the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar. Events include feasting, fireworks and parades with lion and dragon dances. The main events take place in China Town, Port Louis.

Thaipoosum Cavadee - This Tamil Hindu festival takes place annually at the cusp of January and February. It sees devotees, many with pierced tongues, cheeks or with limes hanging from their skin by hooks, bearing ornate cavadees to the temple while in a trance-like state.

Maha Shivaratree - During late February or early March, Hindus from all over Mauritius dress in white and walk to collect holy water from the volcanic Grand Bassin Lake.

Holi Festival - This colorful Hindu festival takes place in February in Mauritius, celebrating a good harvest with parades, music, dancing, and by throwing colored powder and water on each other for luck.

Eid-Ul-Fitr Festival - usually takes place towards the end of September and is a Muslim festival celebrating the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Break the fast celebrations include prayers, feasting, gift-giving, and charity.

Diwali - The annual festival of lights, Diwali, is celebrated by the large Hindu population of Mauritius to mark the triumph of good over evil. It takes place in late October or early November and is characterized by cake eating and the lighting of candles, electric bulbs and earthen lamps.

International Kreol Festival - Established in 2005, the International Kreol Festival is a four-day event taking place in early December to celebrate Creole culture in Mauritius. Activities include traditional dancing, music and games, culminating with an all-night grand concert on the final day.

What are some useful Mauritian Creole words?

Hello - Allo

Good Morning - Bonzour

Good Night - Bonswar

Goodbye - Orevwar

Please - Silvouple

Thank you - Mersi

Yes - Wi

No - Noh

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